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The Union Difference

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Participation in job-provided health insurance

Union Workers

79%

Nonunion workers

49%

source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Compensation Survey: Employee Benefits in the United States, March 2015.

Participation in guaranteed (defined-benefit) pension plans

Union workers

76%

Nonunion workers

16%

Median weekly earnings

Union workers

$980

Nonunion workers

$776

source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Union Members 2015, January 2016.

Young (ages 16–24) workers’ median weekly earnings

Union workers

$616

Nonunion workers

$482

Women’s median weekly earnings

Union workers

$928

Nonunion workers

$697

African American union workers’ median weekly earnings

Union workers

$800

Nonunion workers

$617

Latino workers’ median weekly earnings

Union workers

$862

Nonunion workers

$586

Asian American workers’ median weekly earnings

Union workers

$1,094

Nonunion workers

$977